Bright, Griffith take seats in U.S. House

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's newest Congressmen - Democrats Bobby Bright and Parker Griffith - were among 54 House members to take the oath of office today as the 111th Congress convened for a new session.

Bright, a former mayor of Montgomery and Griffith, a former state senator from Huntsville, were among 54 House member to start their new lives on Capitol Hill.

Nine new senators were also sworn into office.

Besides the struggling economy, lawmakers also will face considerable work in reviewing President-elect Barack Obama's Cabinet nominees.

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